Giselinde Kuipers

On sabbatical leave until August 2019.

[Also a warm welcome to people looking for!  We are moving the site to a new provider, it will be back online soon.]

Professor of Sociology, Sociology Department, University of Amsterdam

Research affiliations: the Cultural Sociology program group at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), and the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS). 

Teaches in: Bachelor, Research Master and PhD programs in sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

Cartoon character in ERCcomics cartoon BEAUTY.

Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Principal Investigator, Towards a Comparative Sociology of Beauty (ERC Starting grant, 2010-2015)



As of October 2019, I will be working as a research professor at the Catholic University Leuven, in Belgium.

I am very honored to have been elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The Sociology of Beauty project was made into a webcomic, as part of the ERCcomics project.

The website of the Sociology of Beauty, is currently being moved to a new host. It should be up and running soon, and will then contain downloadable versions of (almost) all publications from this project. It also also contains many materials related to methods and data, including codebooks, research instruments, methodological appendices, etc.

In October 2016, I held a TED talk on ‘Beauty and inequality’ at TEDx Brussels. The talk can be viewed here. 

A new, updated and revised paperback edition of Good Humor, Bad Taste has been published in 2015. For more information click on the new cover.

Beauty and Inequality


  • PhD (cum laude) 2001


    University of Amsterdam

  • M.A. (cum laude) 1995

    Cultural Anthropology

    Utrecht University

Research Interests

Cultural sociology and sociology of culture, social theory, media studies, comparative-historical sociology, process sociology, globalization and transnational culture, culture and inequality, sociology of beauty and the body, humor, media, television, translation, taste, cultural industries and production of culture, popular culture, bicycle, research methods, especially mixed methods & comparative methods.


  • present2015

    Chair of the Department of Sociology

    University of Amsterdam

  • present2012

    Full Professor of Cultural Sociology

    University of Amsterdam

  • 20152014

    Director (and founder) of the Cultural Sociology Program Group

    Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam

  • 20122009

    Holder of the Norbert Elias Chair

    Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • 20122009

    Associate professor

    Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

  • 20092006

    Assistant professor

    Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

  • 20062004

    Postdoc researcher

    Department of Arts and Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • 20032002

    Research fellow

    Annenberg School of Communication and Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

  • 20042001

    Assistant professor

    Department of Communication, University of Amsterdam

  • 20012000


    Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

  • 20001996

    Teaching assistant

    Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

  • 19951993

    Teaching assistant

    Department of Anthropology, University of Utrecht